One Word Photo Challenge: Yellow

I’ve had a very stressful week – without even 5 minutes to myself! In just the few minutes it takes to write this short post I’ve been interrupted numerous times with the constant demands of motherhood. I find myself looking to the brighter side of things. I took this pic on my iPhone while waiting for an appointment! 🙂
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What? It’s 2:22 am and you just realized you’re out of diapers? (Crisis management)

I’m writing today because I believe writing is therapeutic. After all if you don’t like it you don’t have to read it. (I do hope you’ll like it.) The written word is unlike the spoken word. With the spoken word, I don’t want to hear it just doesn’t work.

So when a teenage single mom texts at 2:22 am and says,
“I ran out of diapers and he pooped help!! ”

What do I say…

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Fairy Godmother Syndrome (doing for others what they can do for themselves)

I’ve been very busy this past week and I haven’t had much time for the things I enjoy and want to do most. The Reason? Well, it could be Fairy Godmother Syndrome. Is that a real syndrome you ask? It sure is!

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Breaking the Silence on Autism and Immunizations

There are many controversial theories on autism. What’s even more relevant is what isn’t being said about autism.

I’m often asked by family and friends what my thoughts are on autism and immunizations. Our son began having seizures 2 weeks after a series of booster immunizations (including DTaP/HepB/IPV, Hib, and PCV.)

One thing that isn’t being said is that immunizations won’t trigger illness in autistic children. Most people are aware of the possible adverse affects of immunizations on healthy children.

Autism has a number of other related health conditions. Children with conditions like feeding difficulties and seizure disorders, are more likely to suffer adverse reactions to immunizations.

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Sunshine on a Poopy Day

nominated by litadoolan

Yesterday we got hit with a snow storm here in Connecticut and our 4 day long weekend was extended to 5 days. So we got a jump-start on our Poopy Valentines Day plan: potty training my 7 year-old non-verbal autistic, special needs son (see my post Help! My Valentine Smells like Poop! ). It was a rough day – to say the least. We didn’t make it even 5 minutes between wet underwear, but Stephen did manage to pee on the potty 3 times in one day (a record number of times in a row.) It’s a start and I keep reminding myself A long journey begins with the first step. After 8 hours of potty training my son was so exhausted he got into bed (my bed of course) an hour before bedtime.

I was too exhausted to send him to his own bed. Some days I just need to choose my battles. Yesterday was one of those days. I washed dried and folded 3 loads of laundry, pre-washed poop out of his underwear by hand, and basically got nothing else done during the 5 minutes between “dry checks.” I had a battle of the wills with a 7 year-old, my patience was wearing thin, and I said, “There’s no way I’m going to change your diapers until you’re 35 – so you may as well learn now!” Not one of my best parenting moments – nothing like making a stressful situation worse.

Stephen pooped in his underwear while I ate my breakfast at 2:00 pm, so there was no way I was going to make dinner. My wonderful hubby not only shoveled almost all day, he also helped out with the “positive practice” routine – back and forth to the potty going through the motions 5 times in a row for each wet accident. He may have done it reluctantly (and not without complaining) but he was still a big help. At 8 pm we hadn’t had dinner (my son had a sandwich on gluten-free bread but as always mommy and daddy come last.) So (big – a.k.a – tall) Steve, my hubby went out in the cold to pick up some carry-out.

At 3:30 am the carry-out wasn’t agreeing with me and my mind was racing. I opted to make a to-do-list and an ideas list to help me relax and put it out of my mind until morning. By 4;30 am my son was up and out of his own bed again, so I sent him back in to my bed. I woke up this morning with a stiff neck (not entirely unusual for me – at 36 I already have arthritis in my neck that shows up on x-rays.)

So today I resolved to have a better day, knowing I had an unexpected jump-start on potty training and we’re still ahead of schedule (at least in my world we are.) I promise myself I will remain calm as I tell my son that when he has that “need to go potty feeling” to “STOP what you’re doing and GO to the potty.”

So today of all days, I am grateful for the Sunshine Award nomination from my fellow blogger, Lita.

Sunshine, as the name suggests,
is an award for bloggers whose blogs are bright and full of life.

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